Summer French Language & Culture Programs

North American university students can spend 4 weeks in the City of Lights and earn up to 6 university credits by participating in MICEFA’s summer programs. Our programs welcome all levels of French and is an excellent way to experience French culture by studying in one of the most attractive cities in the world!  Customize you program with options to make it fit right for you!  See more information about MICEFA options below.

Live in the heart of Paris

Students can choose to live in either centrally located French homestays or in a shared dormitory room at the historic Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris located in the 14th arrondissement.  

Earn 4-6 credits* of French Language

Students take 15 hours of a week of French Language courses specially designed for non-francophone students at the Institut de Langue et de Culture Française (ILCF) of the prestigious Institut Catholique de Paris.  Students are placed according to their level.  You may complete your program by adding the MICEFA Optional Course (2 credits) to your program!

Cultural activities throught your stay

Throughout the program, students are invited to participate in cultural activities in and around Paris, these activities vary from workshops to plays and performances to visiting monuments and museums.  

24/7 Emergency Phone

MICEFA has a 24/7 emergency phone that students may call in case of need.  Students are also offered counseling services and confidential aid in times of need.

Program Dates:

Session I: May 31st to June 30th 2021

This program is for students with a A2-C1 French level (some prior French language studies required)

This would mean departure from the United States or Canada on May 30th to arrive on Monday the 31st in Paris, France.  Please aim for arrival time between 11 am and 4 pm.

Session II: July 3rd to July 31st 2021

This program is for all levels of French, no French experience necessary!

This would mean departure from the United States or Canada on July 2nd to arrive on Saturday the 3rd in Paris, France.  Please aim for arrival time between 11 am and 4 pm.

Institut Catholique de Paris

The Institut Catholique de Paris was founded in 1875 and is located in the 6th arrondissement in a beautiful red brick building near the Luxembourg gardens.  Students take 60 hours of classes (4 credits) at the Institut des Langues et Cultures Française (ILCF), the language institut at the University.  These classes focus on enabling the student to function in a francophone environment and emphasizes oral comprehension and expression.  

Students take an online French placement test before arrival and then are given an oral exam on the first day of classes to verify their results.  Students are assigned to a class level based on the results of these exams.  Levels go from A2 to C1 for the June session (some prior French needed) and from A1 to C1 for the July session so no prior French experience is necessary.  

For information on the conversation of French grades (out of 20) into North American grading (A, B, C etc.) please consult our guide.

MICEFA edits official transcripts for all students participating in the program.  These transcripts are sent directly to your study abroad office.

Institut Catholique de Paris
Institut Catholique de Paris

Program Options

Add this optional MICEFA course to the 15 hours per week of French language taught at the ILCF to boost your credits from 4 to 6.  This option is offered during both sessions, students are invited to take this course one time during their stay. 
Cost: 500.00€

Course Title: French in Action! / Le français en action! 
This course is both in the classroom and around Paris and is designed to help you perfect you oral and written expression through learning and experience French in Paris like a Parisian!  For more information about the course, please see the syllabus.

Cité Internationale Universitaire

Housing Options

While in Paris, students stay at the historic Cité Internationale Universitaire located in the 14th arrondissement.  Students will be given a shared room* in the dorms with another student from the MICEFA program.  The dormitories offer wifi access, shared bathrooms and kitchens** as well as common areas for students to relax and a dining hall on site. 

*Shared rooms may not be available during the 2021 sessions due to the current health situation.  Students will be given individual rooms if necessary.  This could result in a change in program price.
**Students must bring or purchase their own cooking materials.

The Atome Homestay option pairs students up with a French family living in Paris.  Students live in a private room and have access to the rest of the house.  This is a great option for students looking for an authentic cultural experience and who are hoping to boost their language skills during their stay.  To learn more check out their flyer.

Cultural Activities

Activities and excursions are organized and accompanied by MICEFA staff. These activities include tours and visits, ateliers and plays and performances as well as a typical apéro picnic and farewell dinner at a typical French restaurant.  

Here are some examples of excursions we typically organize:

  • Guided tours of the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay
  • Theater 
  • Cooking Class
  • Seine River Cruise
  • Château of Versailles
  • Musée de Chocolat
  • Day Trip outside of Paris

 See our schedule for July 2018: Calendar Summer Program 2018

Musée du Louvre
Chateau de Versailles

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* Recommended credit value.  Final credit value is decided by your home university.